learn to swim at Rye Sports Centre

Here at Rye Sports Centre we believe that everyone should be able to swim. Not only is it an important skill that can save lives but it also means everyone can enjoy the water and have the confidence to ‘jump in’ on holiday, at the beach or at your local swimming pool.

Children can start their swimming journey with us from as little as 6 weeks old during our Parent and under 5's sessions. This is the ideal time to start as lets face it, they've been swimming for 9 months (give or take) so this should be home from home!

At school age they can join either our group lessons which mainly take place after school or at the weekend and we'll take them through the Swim England stages all the way to being a competent and confident swimmer, or if you prefer a more intensive, personal approach we can offer one-to-one lessons to suit you.

It's never too late to start your swimming journey so if you missed out as a child we can still help you. Whether you're a complete beginner or looking to improve your technique and skills, we at Rye have an adult swim programme to suit your needs.

If you have a child interested in starting swimming lessons, or if you would like to enrol, contact us on the enquiry form below and we will be in touch with more information.

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Swim School Programme

Here at Rye we work in partnership with Swim England to deliver their Learn to Swim Pathway for children and adults. Therefore our lesson programmes follow a nationally recognised syllabus and awards system produced by Swim England's governing body.

The Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway incorporates the following frameworks: Foundation Framework

Discovery Ducklings Stages 1-4 (0-24 months)

Ducklings Stages 1-4 (2-5 years)

Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-8

Delivering fundamental movement skills and developing all 4 swimming strokes

Adult Swim Programme

Improving confidence, competence and technique with no age limit.

All three of my children have learnt to swim at Rye Sports Centre and have really enjoyed it! I would recommend the swim school to any parent!



The Swim England Awards support the Learn to Swim Pathway by rewarding achievement. The certificates and badges have been designed to encourage children to learn the core skills of each individual award stage, as well as ensuring that they have fun in aquatic sport.

instructors and supervision

All the instructors are experienced and fully trained to deliver the Swim England Learn to Swim Pathway. Swim School Member’s progress feedback is provided by individual reports on request to the swim school coordinator. The instructors are all DBS checked and supervised by the centre swim course coordinator. 

unlimited swimming

Freedom Leisure Active Direct Debit membership includes unlimited swimming for our junior members in all open and family swim sessions. Great time to practice the skills you are learning!


What age can children start learning to swim?

Children can start to gain confidence in the water and get used to the swimming pool environment form as young as 6 months. Please enquire about the time of our parent and child sessions on the form above.

How do I find out about lesson availability?

Please press the enquire button below and our swim co-ordinator will be in touch. Lessons run throughout the week and we will help you to find a convenient time for you.

How do I pay pay for the lessons?

Lessons can be paid for termly via easy monthly direct debit.

Do I need to get in the water with my child?

All children under 3 years old start in an adult and child session, when the child is 3 they can they move into stages without an adult. At this point adults can sit on the convenient pool balcony whilst enjoying a coffee from the freedom café.

Do you offer adult lessons?

Whether you are at the beginning of your swimming journey learning to swim for the first time or looking to improve your technique and skills, we have a programme to suit you.